News Sentinel expanding ‘things to do’ coverage

For years, we’ve tried to make the News Sentinel’s section and website the place to go for information on movies, music, restaurants, nightlife, the arts and other entertainment in the metro area.

More recently, the Facebook page has taken off, reaching some quarter-million people each week with its content.

Now, we’re expanding the concept further to include more family activities. logoStarting June 9, a “Go. See. Do.” list will appear on the front of every day’s features section, offering a look ahead at the cool, quirky and compelling happenings in our fair burg. The list will include entertainment happenings plus family-friendly activities, especially those that won’t break the bank.

The info will be available on our mobile apps and website first thing every morning, too.

While adding to our things-to-do coverage, we’re also updating the lineup of our features sections to bring readers some fresh content themes. Starting June 9, the line-up will be:

Mondays: “Dollars & Sense” becomes “Tech,” with stories and features about the latest gadgets, digital applications and scientific discoveries. The popular Motley Fool feature, which combines the worlds of Internet and investing, will continue to appear in the section.

Tuesdays: “Learning” switches to “Health,” with a focus on maintaining a healthy lifestyle and on medical trends and breakthroughs.

Wednesdays: “Food” moves to this day of the week so that readers can get an earlier jump on weekend recipes and grocery planning. The section will still include food writer Mary Constantine’s columns and articles about the latest from local cooks and restaurants, along with Coupon Katie’s weekly money-saving column. Additionally, home delivery subscribers will get the Shopper News weekly newspaper with their Wednesday News Sentinel, rather than as part of their Monday delivery.

Thursdays: “YourNews” will now appear on Thursday, continuing to provide information about neighborhoods, community events and the achievements of everyday people. The monthly Exceptional Educator series, which had been running on the Learning page, moves to the YourNews section.

Fridays: The “Get Active” section remains unchanged, offering features on local gardeners, outdoor activities and the popular Hike of the Month. But Friday’s magazine will add a “Family” page listing fun things to do for the whole gang. We’ll also highlight budget-friendly ideas and suggest special nights out for Mom and Dad.

Saturdays: The theme will continue to be “Faith & Family,” but family finance guru Dave Ramsey’s column, which had been running on Dollars & Sense, joins the lineup of information about family activities and worship life.

Sundays: “Life” will continue to be our biggest section of the week, with a mix of arts coverage, books, travel and more. Joe Rosson’s “About Antiques” column will move from its Monday spot into the Sunday section.